12/14/2023 4:26:30 PM
Section 6: International
Subject: Climate Mtg Ends- Debates Continue Msg# 1196178
As the COP28 international climate conference has just ended, and the world's nations have signed the latest climate agreement, there's still many significant worries lingering.
Wall Street Journal and American Thinker published reports stating their skepticism, as well as others -- BUT mass media reports have had affirmative comments, & they have generally ignored mentioning any drawbacks. Below are reports showing there’s two sides of this climate debate.
The Wall Street Journal report: The Phony Climate Promises of COP28 Click Here Some “free” sources carried the same title as the $$ WSJ report.
Here’s the American Thinker report: The terrifying rhetoric of COP28 Click Here
Anyone who thinks about how wind and solar are unreliable sources of power can easily understand the threat of blackouts by placing too much reliance on those sources. Thus there’s huge concern when UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, one of the conference hosts, declared that we must “ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels. Not reduce. Not abate.”
Yet the world’s production of power from renewables is meager, even tiny, compared to the energy demands. Globally wind accounts for 2.2% of the world’s energy consumption and solar produced 1.1%, but their combined share was 13% in the US. This means that the US's base load of 87% was provided by coal, natural gas, nuclear, etc.
Taking away that major share of fossil generated power needed when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing means that millions of people could be freezing in the dark. One report called this result “anti-human, anti-progress, and extremely disturbing.”
China, India and some oil-producing countries refused to sign onto an agreement committing to “phase out” fossil fuels. After negotiation, they reached a compromise where the final COP28 agreement calls for “transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner, accelerating action in this critical decade.” That transition isn’t defined and isn’t binding on governments. It won’t stop China or India from building more coal plants.
And the G20 nations have been failing to meet their earlier promises to curb emissions. Report titled: G20 countries failing by big margins to cut greenhouse gas emissions to below ‘catastrophic’ levels Click Here
Meanwhile US electricity and natural gas prices are rising among the fastest of the economic sectors. And in Europe there’s been even steeper rises.
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